Dear Parents & Students
We have more than one Indian festival coming up.
I would like to extend good wishes to everyone on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad on 14 January.
I would like to extend good wishes to everyone on the occasion of Uttarayan, also on 14 January, with the following appeal.
We endorse the SMC Public Notice to ban Chinese kite-thread (manja)
The Sun is the Symbol of Life on Earth. All cultures as well as science believe this. Makar Sankranti is the celebration of the Winter Solstice when the sun moves out of the Southern Hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn (Makara) and enters the Northern Hemisphere, signalling the beginning of Spring. Spring is when all Nature, plants as well as animals, give birth to new life.
Perhaps the Gujarati students can explain the significance of flying kites on Uttarayan (the sun’s northern journey).
When there were fewer people, perhaps kite-flying in open fields for limited time did not harm other creatures. Now, when population density is too high for our own good, the time has come to re-think the rules of kite-flying. Kaipyo-chhe should not painfully cut short some unfortunate creature’s life-thread.
The plastic/synthetic Chinese manja or kite thread commonly sold in shops should be BANNED because:
- Chinese manja is made of poisonous substances like iron powder and glass powder which causes serious injury by abrasion every year, even causing the death of human beings as well as animals and birds that get entangled in them.
- The fallen threads during kite flying get mixed up with food, which when consumed by stray animals leads to a painful death.
- After feeding rotis and grain to cows, dogs and birds throughout the year – people should not kill them with kite string on Uttarayan.
- Chinese manja is a good conductor of electricity, which may cause electrocution (shocks) and serious electrical explosions when they come in contact with electrical wires and DP, disrupting the electricity supply.
- These threads accumulate in bulk to cause land and water pollution.
- DO NOT buy Chinese thread for your kites.
- DO NOT fly kites between 6:00 am to 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, as most birds are in flight during these hours.
- DO NOT fly kites near trees and electrical lines, but only in open spaces.
DO NOT leave kite string hanging on your terrace or balcony as birds may get entangled.
DO NOT throw loose kite string on rubbish heaps as cows and dogs may consume them.
Roll up and tie kite string and put in a bag before disposal.
- DO NOT convert a festival celebrating Life into one of cruelty and death.
- Please inform PRAYAS Team for saving any bird in need – 9825119081
Happy Spring, Uttarayan, Pongal, Bihu, Maghi, Lohri, Khichdi, Suggi, Makara Sankramana and Eid-e-Milad to ALL
Click on Nature Forever Society to sign an online petition to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India to impose a nation-wide ban on Chinese Manja